Dental bonding is a restoration procedure that improves cosmetic defects by applying a strong bonding material to the tooth, then gently shaping it so it looks just like a natural tooth. Bonding can be used to treat an array of cosmetic issues, including gaps between teeth, chipped teeth, deep discoloration, and teeth that have an irregular shape. Cosmetic bonding procedures can be performed in children as well as adults, providing a more affordable solution to veneers and crowns.
Cosmetic dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure and it can be performed in a single visit. During the visit, the tooth surface is roughened to enable the bonding material to adhere better, and a special conditioning liquid is applied to the tooth surface. Next, the tooth-colored resin material is applied. The resin can be tinted to match your own teeth so it blends in naturally. Once the material is in place, it is expertly shaped to match the natural contours of a natural tooth, then a special light is applied to cure and harden the material so it’s very durable. A final buffing will ensure the bonded tooth looks beautiful and healthy. Because bonding is applied to the tooth surface, the procedure is very comfortable and most patients require no numbing or anesthesia.
Yes. While crowns and veneers both require removal of some of the natural tooth enamel to provide a comfortable fit, bonding is applied to the tooth surface while leaving the enamel intact. That means patients who want to “upgrade” to a veneer or crown in the future can do so simply by having the bonding material removed and then proceeding with the veneer or crown procedure.
That depends on several factors, including how well the tooth is taken care of and where it’s located in the mouth. Bonding can last for many years with proper care, including regular brushing and flossing and routine trips to the dentist. Although dental bonding material is durable, it’s not as strong as a veneer or crown.